Having trouble sleeping?
You’re not alone. A good night’s rest is a luxury in a world fighting fatigue. Sleep is a $70-billion industry, and there is a burgeoning market of aids that promise to help you get some quality shuteye — because a whole slew of problems ensue when you don’t clock in enough hours at bedtime.
Sure, you can invest in a pair of state-of-the-arts, noise-cancelling sleep buds, an insanely comfortable weighted blanket, or a fancy white noise machine, but perhaps the simplest way to hack sleep is to change your bedding to a set that you absolutely love (or hate to get out of). After all, it’s the first and last thing you feel when you wake up and drift off to slumberland.
And since we’re all for supporting local, here are our picks of homegrown bedding brands that make outstanding sheet sets for a spectrum of preferences. Sleep well!
Annette’s linen bedding is made with 100 percent French flax fibres, which are kinder to the environment in its cultivation as compared to cotton. These sheets are also stonewashed for softness. Plus, linen naturally regulates temperature with its high absorbency rate and porous nature, is hypoallergenic with antibacterial properties, lasts longer than cotton, and, best of all, gets better (read: even softer) with age.
“Linen sheets are a revelation, truly enjoyed the first week we slept on them,” writes one reviewer.
This bedding specialist has over 37,000 positive reviews for its Tencel fabric made from Eucalyptus and engineered in Austria. Never mind its limited colour range (choose between solid white, grey, blue and pink) — Heaven Luxe’s sheets are reportedly softer than Egyptian cotton, smoother than silk and cooler than bamboo. They are also Oeko-Tex-certified, which means the bedding sets are free from harmful substances, making them suitable for those with sensitive skin.
“The softest and smoothest sheets I’ve ever slept on,” exclaims one happy buyer. “I was raving about it so much that my whole family came into my room to try the sheets and my parents ended up buying a set for themselves too!”
Meaning “go to sleep” in Hindi, the name “Sojao” is a tribute to the Indian cotton farmers behind its bestselling GOTS-certified (short for Global Organic Textile Standard) sheets. Lightweight, durable, soft and packaged in plastic-free, recyclable boxes, the environmentally-conscious company uses long-staple, single-ply cotton fibres for its bedding, which has a thread count of 300. (P.S.: a higher thread count can mean heavier, coarser sheets that pill easily).
“SOJAO’s sheets are fabulous, and I certainly sleep well between them,” remarks a customer. “For me, though, even more important than their stunning quality is the knowledge that they are made from certified organic cotton.”
Buying sheets can be quite a task, given that you have to weigh a variety of factors like material, weave, size, colours, and thread count. Sunday Bedding has made the decision-making process a tad easier with its quiz to help you find the sheets that best suit your lifestyle. There are four types of material to choose from — bamboo sateen, French linen, 100 percent organic cotton, and cotton sateen — all of which are ethically and sustainably produced, with certification from Oeko-Tex to be free of nasties.
“This product is great! The moment my head falls onto these pillows I go into a deep slumber. The material is perfect for sleeping with and without the AC as it keeps you warm and cool. As an added bonus the sheets and pillow set I got looks elegant and is a great addition to any bedroom,” raves a reviewer.
Weavve offer two different material for its bedding: lyocell and cotton. The former is made with 100 percent Tencel-branded lyocell fibres — which comes from eucalyptus wood harvested from sustainably managed tree farms — spun into single-ply threads and woven into 400 thread count fabric. It sounds dense, but lyocell is said to be extremely breathable, temperature regulating and moisture-wicking. The “buttery-soft” cotton sheets, on the other hand, are spun and weaved with fine, extra-long staple cotton fibres, have a threadcount of 600, are Oeko-Tex-certified, and are pre-shrunk to prevent it from sizing down during regular washing.
“This is my second time purchasing! Absolutely lovely sheets,” commented one returning buyer. “There are many bedsheets brands out there that promise the highest quality and the softest sheets. I’ve tried them all. But nothing comes close to Weavve. Even down the most minute details, like the embroidery of the brand logo on certain parts plus the pipings around every edge and corner. It’s the epitome of luxury.”
(Main and featured image: Sunday Bedding)